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‘The June 4th Incident’

Tiananmen Square and truth-telling.

Jun 9, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 37 • By DENNIS P. HALPIN
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The Tomb Sweeping holiday, in honor of a family’s deceased, is the ancient Chinese equivalent of Memorial Day. What kind of leadership would prevent grieving mothers from visiting the gravesites of their children? Is this an action of “those who love peace,” to quote the Chinese president?

President Xi was correct in Berlin. A sincere accounting of historic error is the only way to heal the wounds of the past. But the Chinese leadership needs to look homeward. If their concerns over skewed World War II history are to be taken seriously, they could first provide the Tiananmen Mothers and other human rights organizations with a full accounting.

Dennis P. Halpin is a visiting scholar at the U.S.-Korea Institute at SAIS (Johns Hopkins) and a consultant for the Poblete Analysis Group (PAG).

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